What is Resource Protection Area (RPA)?

Resource Protection Areas, or RPAs, were established as part of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act of 1989. The RPA is a 100-foot buffer around sensitive features such as both tidal and non-tidal wetlands and perennial waterbodies. These buffers are meant to remain vegetated and undisturbed in an effort to protect water quality. There are exceptions that can be granted to allow encroachment into the buffers; however, special permits and hearings may be required. Please direct questions pertaining to the RPA to the Environmental Department at (804) 966-8580.

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1. When do I need a land disturbance permit from the County?
2. Who is a RLD and where can I find one?
3. What is and where do I apply for a VSMP permit?
4. Everything I read is full of acronyms, what do they all mean?
5. What is Resource Protection Area (RPA)?
6. When and why does my septic system need to be pumped/inspected?
7. How do I find out information about my septic system?
8. How do I find out if there are Wetlands or RPA (Resource Protection Area) located on my Property?